'Dancing With the Stars': Chad Ochocinco wows with his waltz ... and abs

DWTS-chad-ochocinco.jpg Chad Ochocinco stepped up his game at a crucial time in the competition, pulling out straight nines for his waltz on Monday's (May 17) "Dancing With the Stars."

The judges couldn't have been more complimentary:

Carrie Ann Inaba: "Chad Ochocinco just nailed the waltz! Chad, where did you come from? This new Chad with the new posture and the new elegance and the never-ending movement ... fluidity, refinement. Woohoo!"

Len Goodman: "Chad, I don't know where to start really. You're the only one with absolutely no dance experience in this semifinal .. and to come out in the semifinal and produce a waltz like that, fantastic!"

Bruno Tonioli: "Mad respect.... We've been so harsh because we knew there was something there for us to see. Tonight you showed it to us. You're a star!"

His second dance, the samba, didn't get as much praise for technique as it did for physique.

"I'm torn between admiration and bitter envy," said Tonioli. "I will never take my clothes off again."

Ochocinco's shirt came off about mid-way through his dance, making this the second time during the season a dancer has gone shirtless during the samba (exhibitionist Maksim Chmerkovskiy being the first to disrobe mid-samba).

The NFL player received an 8-8-9 for his shirtless samba, giving him an overall score of 52 out of 60 for the night. His score put him in last place among the remaining four contestants, but will his strong fan base put him in the finale next week?

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